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“This is a wonderful coming-of-age story. I had a very hard time putting this book down, I wanted to know what happens next. This book opened a window on a country and a time I knew very little about and I felt as if I had learned something about both when I finished this book. I hope to see more from Hisham Matar, I think he has a great deal more to say.”—Susan M., Tulsa, OK
“In The Country Of Men stole my breath. I couldn't put it down. So real and enthralling. I haven't had this good of a read in along time.”—Wanda F., Mebane, NC
"This book is a great read! Mr. Matar is truly gifted! I can't wait for his next book! Recommended reading for everyone!" I really enjoy it!”—Renee H., Davenport, IO
“The haunting harsh voice of reality screams of fear and uncertainty for nine year old Suleiman. Faced with atrocities no child should ever see or know of he, like everyone else, must find a way to some how survive. This book is so beautifully written that the prose compels you to read on further and further into the story, no matter how disturbing it becomes. In the end one cannot forget that this is not just a story. Only the characters are fictional, but the events, the torture, the lack of human rights, all of it is true not only in 1979 Libya but here and now.”—Maryellen G., Miami, FL
“This quick-paced novel offers its readers a glimpse behind the curtain of secrecy that shrouded Libya just after the September revolution and the ascendancy of Mohmar Qadaffi. Seen through the eyes of a young boy that has been steeped in the propaganda of the new regime, the reader experiences the confusion that arises when his friends and neighbors are targeted as traitors and the fear when the spotlight turns to his own family is palpable. Hisham Matar delivers and engrossing story with an emotional impact on the reader.“—Robin K., Signal Mountain, TN
“This is a beautiful, sad, and thought provoking tale of a young boy, Suleiman, coming of age in the brutal dictatorship of Qaddafi's Lybia. I especially like the abundant images which are sometimes achingly beautiful illustrations of the confusion and suffering of a traditional religious culture growing into–and being forced into–the modern world. I also like the hot, stuffy, slow mood which reflects the stifling fear and bitterness Suleiman's family feels living under traditional and political oppression. Finally, I like Suleiman's and his mother's emotional complexity, wrestling with the frustrations and promises of the old and new worlds.”—Jean F., Hallsboro, NC
“For Suleiman el-Dewani, living with his parents in 1979 Libya, the summer of his ninth year is pivotal, ultimately shaping the course of his life. Over the summer, Suleiman bears witness in very personal ways to what happens when ordinary men have the courage of their political convictions and how sometimes, they are willing to pay the ultimate price. Along the way, he also learns the true meanings of friendship, loyalty, and sacrifice. Gracefully written, and touchingly told.”—Darlene M., Toronto, ON, Canada
“Simply written, the story of nine-year-old Suleiman as he lives through a time of betrayal and horror in 1970s Libya is very interesting. While the politics aren't explained fully, the author still portrays a realistic portrait of tough times through a child's eyes. A poignant tale in a wonderful debut.”—Nicole K., Marietta, OH